At Goodman Dental Care, we see cases of crowded teeth far more often than you might think. Although you might feel as if no one else could possibly understand what it’s like to have overcrowding issues, the fact is that many people have problems that stem from teeth sitting too close together. If you’re ready to do something about yours but want to avoid years of wearing metal brackets and wires, we can provide an alternative solution with Invisalign in Annapolis. With the help of clear aligners, you can watch your teeth properly realign, creating a healthier, more uniform smile. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.
If you’ve been living with crowded teeth for some time now, you are probably already aware of the negative consequences it is having on your smile. Not only do you experience difficulties brushing and flossing and trying to rid your mouth of harmful bacteria and left-behind food particles, but the lack of self-esteem may have you keeping to yourself these days.
If crowded teeth are not treated in a timely manner, you will become more susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease, cavities, and even a misaligned bite. This is why in order to prevent damaging effects to your smile, you should seek care from a dental professional sooner rather than later.
Using Invisalign clear aligners will give you a new lease on life. Here’s how:
When you begin the process, you and your cosmetic dentist in Annapolis will discuss your long-term goals and what you hope to achieve with Invisalign. Dr. Goodman will then examine your smile and make sure you are a qualified candidate. If so, he will create a personalized treatment plan before taking digital impressions of your smile. These will be sent off to a dental lab where technicians will custom-made your clear aligners.
After several weeks, you will return to our office to retrieve your trays and detailed instructions regarding the timeline for wearing your aligners. Typically, most patients are instructed to wear their trays for 20-22 hours each day for 1-2 weeks at a time. Your individual case will determine your unique timeframe.
Once you’ve finished one set of trays, you will swap them out for the next in the series. At this time, you will begin to feel your teeth gently shift and watch as they become more properly realigned, generating an appropriate amount of space between each tooth. This may cause some minor discomfort, but an over-the-counter pain reliever can help.
Depending on the severity of your situation, your time wearing Invisalign aligners is expected to be much less than if you were to be treated with traditional metal braces.
Once you’re finished with treatment and your teeth are more properly spaced, you’ll be required to wear a retainer to ensure your teeth do not move back into their original position.